This programme works with 200 extremely vulnerable, high-risk 11-19 year olds on average every year, referred from a number of agencies such as YOS, CAMHS and RASA. The programme addresses issues and themes such as domestic and sexual abuse, sexual and criminal exploitation, anger and conflict, mental health and self-harm, eating disorders, substance misuse and bereavement and loss.
Once a high-risk young person has been referred to STAR, they have a specific, bespoke programme written for them, reviewed every 12 weeks. A young person (depending on their needs) will typically be supported with intensive 1-to-1 provision for 6-12 months, and then there is a process in place to ensure the young person moves on to the most relevant agency/education/training option for them.
Our funding will enable the centre to increase their capacity and ease waiting lists for their provision.
The STAR modules which make up the bespoke programmes are:
1-to-1 counselling – the centre has partnerships with Neurochamps, Young Person’s Advisory Service (YPAS) and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CHAMS) for this service;
1-to-1 intensive, once-a-week mentoring; and
Group work – and equine assisted therapy, run through the Shy Lowen Horse & Pony sanctuary.